Flags, white vans and dodgy shirts

November 27, 2014

From Peter Gregory

How do you know you’ve arrived as a social phenomenon? When you get more boos than Rupert Murdoch at a Save the ABC rally. That’s what happened to the IPA in Sydney last Saturday. And that’s even before James Paterson’s article about the ABC in the AFR yesterday.

Christine Milne also chimed in with this tweet saying the IPA runs the government. Her time would be better spent reading this excellent piece in The Times from IPA guest Matt Ridley explaining that Greens’ policies harm the world’s poorest people.

Who knew that flags and white vans could cause so much trouble? 

Click here to find out why this tweeted image cost British Shadow Attorney-General Emily Thornberry her job and made Labour leader Ed Miliband really, really mad. Boris Johnston wrote in The Telegraph on Monday that Miliband should get a ‘Darwin Award‘.

Boris has been busy recently. This week it was flags and white vans. Last week it was dodgy shirts.

This is terrible – a proposal to make speakers at British universities apply to the Home Secretary for a permit to give speeches to students (a permit for politicians to tweet images of white vans I could understand). But as Brendan O’Neill explains in The Spectator, there is a new breed of student that doesn’t want free speech – the Stepford student.

What do the NSW Labor Right and the Queensland Liberal National Party have in common? If you answered ‘Bitcoins’ I’m impressed. This is an interesting piece in yesterday’s Guardian by ALP Senator Sam Dastyari and Liberal National Senator Matthew Canavan about the benefits of competition in currency markets brought about by Bitcoins.

American economist Gary Becker died in May this year. This 3,427 word piece in the current edition of City Journal explains how his influence will grow after his death.

And IPA guest Dan Hannan pondered IPA guest Roger Scruton’s achievements and what it means to be conservative in The Telegraph on Monday.

The Menzies Research Centre is launching the inaugural essay in the RG Menzies Essays series, ‘Quiet Achievers: The New Zealand Path to Reform’ in early December. Here are the details for Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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